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million hole in the city's budget. so we spoke with chief kevin cartright, spokesman for the baltimore fire department, and he told us the firefighters in the company would be reassigned elsewhere and the cuts would save the city $2.2 million over the next fiscal year. the weather ironically has given the three-lame duck fire companies new life. they have been open since the storm and they will get to stay open a little longer. two, until monday and one until october 1st. but with more inclement weather possible this weekend, who's to say what they need? the baltimore firefighters union said it perfectly this week in this quote. the fire department is nothing short of an insurance company. you cannot predict when things are going to happen. so baltimore isn't the only city that's had to make big public sector sacrifices like this to stay afloat in the economy. up next, what is it going to mean for us this summer with so many cities going broke just when we really need their help. they have names like idle time books and smash records and on small business saturday they remind a nation
the way up to southern new england. hartford even hit 100. but this 104 in baltimore, incredible stuff there. central park, philadelphia, even by the water in atlantic city, it was 101. today is going to be cooler in this region. there could be thunderstorms and rain. temperatures will still be warm, still a little muggy. but that cooler air is making its way. look at buffalo and albany. beautiful day for you. now, those thunderstorms, they weren't just in new england. they were back here around chicago. southern wisconsin. and numerous isolated strong storms throughout much of kentucky down there to the carolinas. in all, 348 reports of severe weather yesterday. that's wind damage and large hail. not many tornados. this morning, we're pretty much dry throughout the east, but we are thankful for the heavy rain moving through northern indiana. indiana has been one of the worst states for the drought, along with arkansas. and we're getting drenched in northern indiana this morning. this is welcomed rainfall. we had rain last night in indianapolis just a little bit. we're talking about ar
many cities baltimore has long sold ad space on trains and buses. but now politicians here are eing red. how unusual is this idea? >> unusual. >> reporter: this councilman is behind the proposal to sell ads on fire trucks to stop the cash-strapped city from closing three stations including this one for good. >> it's not selling out. having advertising puts contl in the hands of the fire department itself. >> please don't shut down these companies. >> reporter: the city council just voted to support the measure. >> when i first heard the bill i thought i was idiotic. but after the shock wore off this shows how far that we have to go to think outside-the-box. >> reporter: apparently baltimore isn't the only town thinking outside of that box. city leaders throughout the country are getting creative to make end meet. chicago has sold ad space on so of its iconic bridges to bank of america. philadelphia has rented out a transit station to at&t. and brazil, indiana let k of c advertise their chicken wings on fire hydrants. but some say mixing the two is commercial graffiti. >> we live in a so
cutting city workers pensions and baltimore may sell ad space on the side of its fire trucks. here in scranton, the unions hope the courts hold the mayor in contempt till he decides to pay them their full wages, something he says he can't do even though it's guaranteed by contracts. the next payday is next friday, the 20th. >> the all right, thank you, ron. the scranton crisis is not just a local problem as other cities and towns face similar budget issues. scranton could become a political symbol. listen to how our first read team put it. "if you're the obama campaign, you might be a tad nervous about scranton story, after all, this is a narrative that the gop has been pushing for the past two years, governments are going broke. did you are in the gop trying to push this government is too big and unsustainable issue, you couldn't script the story any better." sam is the city's public works union president and drives a truck for the dpw and received a 62% pay cut. sam, thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> absolutely. let me get your reaction first off to what's happening there
creative, baltimore is going to sell ads on fire trucks to stop the cash strapped city. let's have a listen. >> when i first heard about the bill, i thought it was idiotic. why do we want to look like nascar or a bus. this shows how far we have to go to think outside of the box. >> if this is something that keeps the fire company open and people safe, this is something you want to consider. >> chicago also sold ad space on theridges to bank of america while philadelphia rented out a transit station to at&t and brazil, indiana let kfc advertise the chicken wings on the fire hydrants. >> all right. let's talk a different kind of money. that's what we will spend for the barbecue on the fourth of july. >> apparently july fourth will be easier this year on your pocket book. the majority of americans plan to celebrate with a cook out and no surprises there, but according to a special big inside analysis, the average price of an independence picnic is down to $59.14. as for the total spend on cook outs, $2.4 billion based on a shopping list of all the things you need for a cook out. >> mandy drury
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